EVEN IN DEFEAT, EAGLES SHOW THEY CAN PLAY FROM BEHIND

By David F. Cohen

Through their first three games the Eagles had been frontrunners — getting leads and building on them to beat the Browns, Bears and Steelers.

The Eagles had only trailed once this season — a 7-3 deficit against the Bears in Week 2.

So yesterday, when they fell behind early against the Lions they faced a big question:

Could they come back after digging themselves a 21-7 hole?

The answer, even in a 24-23 defeat, was a resounding yes!

They can handle working from behind. In fact, if not for a Ryan Mathews fumble, they would have come back from a double-digit halftime deficit, certainly no small feat.

The key was not forcing the issue. Yes, Carson Wentz (above) is the best player in your offense. You’d like to use him as much as possible, especially when you’re trailing by 11 points. But when the Eagles got the ball to start the second half, Pederson called three runs in the first five plays to move to the Lions’ 31-yard line.

Then, of course, Wentz continued to play smart football and not force any throws — until his final pass of the game — as they worked back and took the lead late in the fourth quarter.

Pederson showed a willingness to work within his system and scheme, and an ability to not panic when the score tilts the other way. It didn’t result in a win, but the end result was far from Pederson’s fault.

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